Thank you Bella Vista!

The Weekly Vista - - Editorial & Opinion -

Re­mem­ber­ing De­cem­ber 7 and Septem­ber 11, there will be a free con­cert pre­sented by the Vet­er­ans Coun­cil of Northwest Arkansas, the JM Band and the Bella Vista POA at 7 p.m. in­side Ri­or­dan Hall in Bella Vista.

As the direc­tor of the Vet­er­ans Coun­cil of Northwest Arkansas, I would like to thank Bella Vista and three of the big bands based in Bella Vista that have been in­stru­men­tal in rais­ing funds for the build­ing and main­te­nance of the Wall Of Honor over the past 15 years. Though

nu­mer­ous firms and in­di­vid­u­als con­tributed very gen­er­ous do­na­tions to the build­ing of the Wall of Honor, it is the big band tal­ent, with so much time do­nated to our city, that is the fo­cus of this let­ter to­day:

Jack Mitchell Band — re­named the JM Band of Northwest Arkansas since the death of Jack Mitchell.

The Bella Vista Big Band led by Char­lie Danielson.

The Jack Terry Big Band led by the late Jack Terry and then Ramey Her­ren of Cave Springs. This band no longer ex­ists to­day.

The JM Band led by Ron Thurston has con­tributed the most fundrais­ing events for the Wall of Honor. For many years, Jack Mitchell cre­ated the so-called Praised Band and played many Sun­day af­ter­noon fundrais­ing events at sev­eral lo­cal Bella Vista churches.

Other mu­si­cal tal­ents that have con­tributed to the Wall of Honor fundrais­ing are: U.S. Air Force Band of mid-Amer­ica, Nat­u­rally Brass, So­phis­ti­cated Ladies, Clever Rogue Theatre, Per­fect Har­mony, Hoff and Holler Clog­gers, Singing Men of Arkansas, Keitt Wood and the Leah Mills Trio, Rockin Roads Clas­sic Rock Band and Char­lie Chrysler and the All Stars.

You are in­vited to at­tend the free “God Bless Amer­ica” con­cert led by the 17 piece JM Band on Dec. 7. Let’s show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the great mu­sic that has been do­nated to ig­nite our ef­forts of fundrais­ing over the past 15 years. Let’s fill all 450 seats! The con­cert be­gins at 7 p.m. at Ri­or­dan Hall. Come early and en­joy this trib­ute to our vet­er­ans and coun­try. Leonard Eis­ert, direc­tor Vet­er­ans Coun­cil of Northwest Arkansas

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